UPDATE: Reward offered in Heights yarn bomb public art destroyed by vandalism, suspect described
UPDATED: CrimeStoppers is now offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the vandalism of a Heights Boulevard yarn bombing project Saturday. A sign listing the familiar 713-222-TIPS tipline number has been posted on the stripped metal structure between 16th and 17th streets that, for a week, was a colorful display of public art. The organizer of the project, Mary Goldsby, indicated on her Facebook page, that Staples office supply had donated the banner.
A reward is now posted in the vandalism of a yarn bomb installation along Heights Boulevard. (From Facebook)
After publicity on the vandalism, two individuals came forward via social media to report they had seen a woman taking down the yarn squares about 6 p.m. Saturday. One described her as a woman between 40-50 years old who seemed “angry,” and another report described “an older woman, shrieking in anger as she did it…she seemed pretty crazy.”
From The Leader
A week after two dozen creative volunteers yarn-bombed a Heights Boulevard to beautify a metal structure, that public art installation was apparently torn down by vandals.
Inner Loop Crime Alerts on Facebook reported the vandalism Sunday morning.
Two dozen volunteers installed the knit yarn pieces on Heights Boulevard between 16th and 17th streets June 8 as part of International Yarn Bombing Day. The installation was apparently torn down by vandals a week later. (Photo by Ken Fountain)
Heights resident Mary Goldsby coordinated the installation, which stood between 16th and 17th streets, as part of International Yarn Bombing Day last Saturday.
Hand-knitted pieces were installed June 8 along Heights Boulevard as part of an installation and were apparently vandalized Saturday. (Photo by Ken Fountain)
Some of the 24 volunteers were knitters who created color-coordinated blocks of design that were laced to the structure by other volunteers.
Goldsby had to get a permit from the city Parks & Recreation Department to install the art, and it was to stay up for a month. As part of the agreement, Goldsby had to monitor the project once a day.
Comments on Facebook ranged from sadness to anger that something created for the public would be torn down.
One man who commented said he had observed the pieces in the trash Saturday and thought it had merely been removed and discarded.
Heights activist Mark Williamson summed up the sentiment in one word: “Disgraceful.”